Originally Posted by anettis
I have 9 items that connect to my notebook: an external keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, speakers, external hard drive, USB hard drive, camera, and power cable. However I only have to connect three cables - power, USB, and speaker. And the speaker wire could get dropped in favor of a USB sound card if one really wanted to do so. Belkin makes a great 7 port USB-2 hub.
that's why I made a point of referring to "TEN connections" rather than "items". I have way more than ten items connected to my poor belabored system (it's long due for retirement to some lighter duty, but I'm waiting for a viable replacement... one requirement being a true docking solution, like my current laptop uses).